The practice of acupuncture dates back to ancient China, with the first mentions of it coming a few hundred years prior to the Common Era. While we use precision needles in today’s acupuncture treatments, some of the earliest references indicate that sharpened stones and bones were used by practitioners thousands of years ago to perform acupuncture procedures.
Acupuncture has indeed been used for thousands of years, but it is now more popular than ever. In recent years, so many people have experienced the benefits of acupuncture – both as an adjunct treatment to Western medicine and on its own – that it has become a widespread, accepted method to achieve greater health and wellness.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Most people experience no discomfort or a mild sensation as the hair-thin needles are inserted. The needles have a very fine endpoint and are not at all like the hypodermic needles used for injections or to draw blood, which are hollow, have a cutting edge, and are 5-10 times larger. For young children and needle-averse individuals, acupressure and other tools are an option. Needles are sterile and single-use.
Following treatment, most people report feeling relaxed, even blissful. Some feel more energized and focused or more grounded and centered.
Individualized acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncture treatments are uniquely designed for each individual and their specific health circumstances. After your initial health assessment, acupuncture sessions usually occur weekly. As you begin to experience improvement and achieve greater internal balance from the acupuncture sessions, the time between treatment visits will be increased. The length and frequency of acupuncture visits will always vary by individual needs and health condition.
Matt Beigle offers community acupuncture to interested groups and businesses. Community acupuncture sessions take place in open, relaxing healing spaces with other patients treated nearby. The communal space creates a nurturing, energizing atmosphere. Contact Matt if you would like to offer community acupuncture at your studio or office.